A cornerstone of the Bridge/Work Conference is the student research part of the day: Students present a summary of a recent research topic then engage questions about their findings as part of a panel. Unique to this year’s student research panel is the interdisciplinary focus, modeling how it will take insight from a wide variety of fields to stem address the many environmental issues we face.

This year’s topics include:

  • Invasive Species and Climate Change
  • Solar Thermal Energy
  • Campus-Based Farming
  • Wind energy implementation and infrastructure expansion
  • Human Impact on Cities and Manufactured Flood Risk
  • Greenhouse Gas Inventories

Join us in congratulating our 2018 Student Presenters:

Aaron is a senior Meteorology major as well as a member of Christ College. He is also part of the VU Symphony Orchestra, Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, Ambassador in Admissions, VU Storm Intercept Team Director, American Meteorological Society VU Student Chapter, and Celebrate! worship band. He is particularly interested in wind energy meteorology and wind power forecasting, and will be researching these topics at Texas Tech University for graduate school.
Dylan is a senior in the Mechanical Engineering program. He president of Valpo’s chapter of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society. Dylan has been working in the James S. Markiewicz Solar Energy Research Facility for the past eleven months, including one summer of full-time research on concentrating solar thermal energy. Within the broad field of sustainability, Dylan is particularly interested in human environmental justice, as well as land and resource stewardship.
Jessica is a junior Chemistry and Environmental Science Major, Spanish Minor. She is a member of Christ College, Alpha Phi Omega, National Residence Hall Honorary, Phi Lambda Upsilon and the VU Competitive Ballroom Dance Team.
Sara is a senior Theology and Ministry major with a Hebrew minor. She is involved with Sisters in Spirit, Intramural Advisory Council, Pi Delta Chi, Candlelight worship team and the choir at Trinity Lutheran Church in Valpo.
Sidney is a senior Geography and Environmental Science major. He is involved in a number of organizations including Cross Country, Track and Field, Vice President of Valparaiso University’s Gamma Theta Upsilon Chapter the International Geography Honor Society, President of Geography Club, and Vice President of Valparaiso University’s Voices For Animals.
Matt is a junior Mechanical Engineering major. He is President of Brothers Reaching Out and bassist for Friday Morning Prayer.


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